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TAS Country : August 19th 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010 Tasmanian Country 19 Stock Report RELIEF: Farmer Max Blackmore kicks up a storm after rain falls on his Carisbrook farm. Pre-spring rain brings a mixed blessing market TALK Richard Bailey It was getting to the stage where some farmers were going to have to sell more breeding ewes if there wasn't some hint of a spring in the air, and this rain --- although not the complete savior --- will certainly put hope in their minds.' THERE is nothing like a good soaking rain in the dry areas of the state to put a smile on everyone's face. Although a bit patchy, most of the south received some good rains which will cer- tainly make a huge difference to the mindset of producers in the Derwent Valley and other dry parts. It was getting to the stage where some farmers were going to have to sell more breeding ewes if there wasn't some hint of a spring in the air, and this rain --- although not the complete savior --- will certainly put hope in their minds. Rain was also plentiful in the state's north, and in South Australia, Victoria and much of NSW there have been some very good rains, which will mean that there will be some organised selling of livestock going into the spring. As far as lambs are concerned, many farmers will keep lambs longer looking for more weight. The other side of the coin is that restock- ers will need cattle and lambs to feed and this will have a big affect in putting a decent floor in the market. Already we are seeing this in the cattle markets with restockers and feeders very strong in Victorian prime cattle sales and in many cases paying 165c to 195c/kg for suitable cattle. Locally at Killafaddy this week we saw strong restocker interest with buyers pay- ing 175c to 195c/kg or $580 to $863 for yearling steers and 170c to 182c/kg or $585 to $770 for suitable heifers. Following the trade and export sale there was the monthly store cattle sale and the buyers were keen, with strong competition from both the North-West and the North- East regions as the spring draws near. Lamb prices on the mainland continue to break records with a high price of $200/head paid for a line of 190 heavy old lambs at Wagga Wagga and at the same centre buyers paid up to $176/head for new seasons lambs. Now, just to put this into perspective, these $200 lambs were estimated to dress at 38kg and carried a $16/head skin, but still it is a record price. The new season's lambs were estimated between 26 and 30kg and carried a $15 skin to work out at 560c/kg dressed weight. Most lambs in Victoria and NSW were quoted $5 to $10/head higher this week with most new season lambs quoted around 550c/kg and old lambs 520c to 570c/kg. Locally at both Quoiba and Killafaddy there were plenty of lambs in the 480c to 520c/kg range as supply starts to tighten. Interesting to note that at Bendigo there were less mutton penned and most were quoted at 420c to 480c/kg which is extraord- inary when you line these prices up with trade cattle around 350c/kg, bullocks 320c/kg and cows 290c/kg dressed weight. It is a no-brainer to work out how much mutton is going into smallgoods. Wool clip set to be a record low GOOD seasonal conditions are set to steady the natio- nal wool clip, despite the likelihood of Australia shearing fewer sheep. And the Australian Wool Production Forecast- ing Committee this week tipped a record low 2010-11 clip of 340 million kilograms greasy --- or 1.93 million bales --- down slightly on last season's 343 million kilograms. A 340 million kilogram clip would be Australia's smallest in more than 80 years. The latest forecast is 10 million kilograms, or 57,000 bales, less than the committee's April estimate for the season. Good seasonal con- ditions in all states except Queensland and Western Australia are expected to lift fleece weights by 3 per cent, offsetting the con- tinued drop in sheep num- bers. Forecasting com- mittee chairman Russell Pattinson said the flock at the start of 2010-11 was about 70 million sheep, down from 72.7 million sheep a year earlier. ''The committee has also estimated that the number of lambs marked in 2009-10 was around 30.7 million head,'' Mr Pattinson said. He said while there had been a concerted effort to boost lamb numbers, the uncertainty for the wool sector would depend on how many of this season's lambs were Merinos and how many would be re- tained for wool production. Nevertheless, Mr Pattin- son said the committee was confident the decline in sheep numbers in Aust- ralia was coming to an end. ''Sheep and lamb slaugh- terings were down by over 12 per cent in 2009-10 and live exports were down by 25 per cent,'' he said. 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